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Director of Philanthropy, Individual Giving

Rainforest Trust
Virginia, United States
$115,000.00 - $140,000.00
Posted Date
Jul 1, 2024

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Position Title: Director of Philanthropy, Individual Giving 

Location: Remote USA (preference given to candidates with geographic proximity to  major fundraising markets (NYC, Bay Area) and/or a major international airport. 

Salary: $115,000-$140,000 (geographic location will be taken into consideration when determining salary)

Status: Full-time, salaried, exempt 

Reports to: Vice President, Philanthropy & Marketing

To ensure your application is reviewed: Please upload a cover letter along with your resume. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. 


Since 1988, Rainforest Trust has been safeguarding imperiled tropical habitats and saving endangered species by establishing protected areas in partnership with local organizations and communities. With our partners, we have protected more than 51 million acres of vital habitat across Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Rainforest Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that relies upon the generous support of the public to successfully implement our important conservation action.


    Manage and build a portfolio of major donors. Develop and implement comprehensive fundraising strategies for donors in the portfolio. Liaise with teams including marketing and conservation, business units, and board of directors with the ultimate goal of raising major gifts.  Organize and staff major donor events. Staff and lead the Rainforest Trust Philanthropy Committee of the Board. Advise leadership and Board on major giving trends. Pursue all of the above objectives in alignment with our core values.



  • Strong experience managing a portfolio of major donors between high 5 and 7-figure gifts with an organization with an operating budget of 10M+. You have a proven track record and capacity to effectively build relationships with high-net-worth philanthropists/donors by inspiring them with the organization's mission. You can consistently increase the number of individual donors and the level of giving through identification, cultivation, and solicitation. You can also masterfully steward our current donors to increase giving. You consistently prioritize meeting portfolio goals and understand and adhere to data privacy expectations and regulations.
  • The ability to successfully develop and execute fundraising strategies and conduct relationship mapping. You consistently stay up to date on cutting-edge fundraising best practices and have a strong understanding of national and international major giving trends.
  • The ability to coordinate and plan all aspects of small major donor events. You can skillfully inspire and compel high-net-worth individuals to give at events.
  • The ability to successfully interface and collaborate with other departments and business units. This will require you to have strong communication and presentation skills. We also hope you have experience leading and staffing volunteer fundraising committees.
  • Strong technical proficiency with CRMs and other donor research tools
  • A demonstrated commitment to and enthusiasm for Rainforest Trust’s mission and respect for our core values: Nature & People; Efficiency; Transparency; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Partnerships & Collaboration; Science & Innovation.




Rainforest Trust values the diversity of our planet and environment and wants our team to reflect the richness of the global population we serve. We believe that striving to maintain a demographically diverse workforce where employees are treated equitably and feel a strong sense of inclusion is not only an ethical imperative but also a key driver of innovation and excellence, enhancing our ability to fulfill our mission of conserving and protecting our natural environment.  


We put this belief into action by striving to apply a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to every aspect of employment, from how we hire and recruit, to how we determine compensation and benefits, to the training and development we offer, and the working conditions we create. 


Research shows that while cis-men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalized folks (especially groups that are underrepresented in the conservations field) tend to only apply when they check every box. So if you think you have what it takes, but don't necessarily meet every single qualification, please still get in touch. We'd love to have a chat and see if you could be a great fit!


We are an equal-opportunity employer and give all qualified applicants consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. 



Rainforest Trust is a remote first organization and the incumbent will be expected to work primarily from home with an excellent internet connection, though part-time office space may be available in Warrenton, VA and/or Washington DC. 


Occasional national and/or international travel may be required for organizational meetings and other events. 


The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by a teammate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Ability to remain in a stationary position at a computer terminal for an extended period. The person in this position frequently communicates with colleagues both verbally and in writing and must be able to exchange accurate, neat and thorough information. 



The salary range for this position is $115,000 - $140,000 commensurate with experience. This base compensation range represents the anticipated low and high range of wages for this position. Actual salaries will vary and will be based on various factors, such as candidate's geographic location, qualifications, skills, competencies, and proficiency for the role. Since preference is given to candidates with geographic proximity to  major fundraising markets, geographic location will be taken into consideration when determining salary. Information on other benefits may be found on our Careers Page.

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